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John Kay to address Ascension GOP Roundtable

John Kay, Louisiana State Director for Americans for Prosperity, will be the featured speaker at the January Ascension GOP Roundtable, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women. The Roundtable will be held on Thursday, January 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Clarion Inn, 1500 W. Highway 30 in Gonzales. (11:30 to 12 – Meet and Greet; Noon. – Event) The event is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. Cost for the lunch is $18.00 (Choice of three entrees), collected at the door (checks or cash preferred). RSVP: 225-921-5187 or e-mail: ARWrUS@aol.com

DHS Real ID Extension

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles began issuing Real ID credentials on October 3, 2016, and is awaiting official confirmation from DHS that we are in full compliance. Louisiana has been in continuous contact with DHS, who has confirmed that the determination of compliance has been forwarded to the Secretary for official approval. Although Louisiana is awaiting approval, DHS is in recognition of the coming enforcement deadline therefore has used there delegate authority to immediately grant an extension which will be valid through October 10, 2018. This means Louisiana citizens will still be allowed to use a non-expired Louisiana driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel even if it has not been marked with a Real ID symbol.

Trinity Welcomes Pastor

Trinity AME Church,1420 S. Darla Avenue in Gonzales, will host a welcome reception for the Reverend Ritney A. Castine and Mrs. Lauren Castine on Friday, January 12, 2018. Please join us from 6-8 p.m. on Friday for refreshments and a warm meet and greet.

Prairieville Student named to Dean's List

Jacob DeWitt of Prairieville was named to the Dean's List at Lehigh University in the Fall 2017 semester. Dean's List status is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

LA 42 Widening, Lane Closures

Construction has begun for State Project H.002423, LA 42 Widening. The project consists of grading, drainage structures, subgrade treatment, drilled shaft foundations, traffic signalization, landscaping, asphalt concrete pavement, portland cement concrete pavement, and related work in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that there will be intermittent lane closures at the intersection of LA 42 & LA 73 on Saturday, January 13th. Work in this area consists of installation of subsurface drainage crossing LA 73. Closures will be going in the east direction along LA 42 to LA 73. And in both directions along LA 73 where it intersects with LA 42. Work in this area affecting LA 73 is expected to last approximately one day, weather permitting.

Update: Road Closure LA 935

Beginning on Thursday, January 18 thru Friday, March 16, LA 935 (Bayou Narcisse Rd.) will be closed to thru traffic for a bridge replacement at Bayou Narcisse in Gonzales. The point of closure is approximately 0.14 miles east of the intersection of LA 935 and LA 44 (Burnside Ave.). Detour signing will be posted, directing east bound LA 935 traffic north on LA 44 for 1.0 miles to the junction of LA 934, 3.0 miles east to the junction of LA 431, then south on LA 431 for 1.0 miles to the junction of LA 935. The west bound LA 935 detour is north on LA 431 to the junction of LA 934, west to the junction of LA 44, then south on LA 44 to the junction of LA 935.

Parachute Playtime at the Library

Do your kids need to burn off some energy before bedtime? Children ages two through five are invited to join us for Parachute Playtime! We’ll shake, dance, wiggle, and bounce around with the parachute and some of our favorite tunes. Bring them in their PJ’s because they’re sure to tire out from all the fun. Parachute Playtime will be held on Tuesday, January 16 in Dutchtown, on Thursday, January 18 in Gonzales, and on Tuesday, January 23 in Donaldsonville. All Parachute Playtimes will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on this program, please contact the library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.